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Welcome to New Nursing Students and Back to School

    Welcome back nursing students and welcome to all new students. This is a great time to be a part of this exiting profession. Everyday you are going to learn and see something new. In nursing, you have an opportunity to have a positive effect on every person with which you come in contact!

    TNSA has an exciting year planned. Starting it off is Council of Schools, September 24th and 25th in Galveston. This is a great place to meet contacts and make some new friends. The 2005 convention is going to be held in Houston on February 23rd -26th. The State Project is once again, Guide Dogs of Texas, due to its great success in the past. We have tons of interesting and fun activities planned for TNSA’s gatherings, so I hope to see as many of you there as possible. I look forward to this year and good luck in all your studies. Just remember if nursing school was easy the world probably wouldn’t be in such a nursing shortage. Thanks for being a part of TNSA, if you have any questions feel free to e-mail any of the board of directors or Pat Pollock. (She has all the answers.)

GOOD LUCK!
Michele Dela Garza
TNSA Vice President

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What is Council of Schools?
    Emily Simmons, TNSA Secretary/Treasurer

    Council of Schools is the yearly conference aimed at helping local chapters to strengthen their leadership skills and get members excited about what is going on this year in TNSA. It is also a time for chapters to meet each other and the Board of Directors. We will have a Texas Council of School Presidents’ meeting along with break out sessions for members to attend with great speakers and valuable information. Some of the break out sessions at this year’s Council include: Time Management/Job Skill, Test Taking Strategies, and Ethical Issues Facing Nurses in the 21st century. We will also be discussing this year’s state project and have a career fair. Join us for a great time coming together in a beautiful place while learning to become greater leaders.

    This year’s Council of School’s theme will be Leadership: Step Up to the Challenge. It will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 24th & 25th at Moody Gardens Hotel Galveston Island located at Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas.

    There are rooms available at the host hotel, but reservations need to be made quickly to insure your chapter the needed space. Their phone number is (409)741-8484. All rooms are $129.00 per night regardless of occupancy (single/double/triple/quad). See you there!

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TNSA Leads the Way into “Guiding” Texas to a Brighter Future
     Amber Human, TNSA Eastern Regional Director

    TNSA has once again chosen “Guide Dogs” as its “Save Your Quarters” annual project. TNSA raised over $10,000 last year in its efforts to support this wonderful organization founded in our great state of Texas.

    TNSA had a $5000 goal to achieve and not only met it, but surpassed it, especially with the $5000 contribution check received by Texas Women’s University Houston. This year, TNSA hopes to exceed the $10,425 our organization raised last year for Guide Dogs of Texas.

    Guide Dogs of Texas received funds raised by TNSA last year that helped fund the training of two client and dog teams who spend four weeks at their facility learning together before they are both sent home and into a new world full of easier travel, guidance, and a relationship facilitated between the dog and his master.

    A trained instructor is then sent home with the new dog/master team and helps them establish routes to go to work, school, the grocery store, and anywhere else the client needs to go to allow them the freedom to travel which they had not had before due to severe visual impairments.

    Guide Dogs of Texas is a non-profit organization started in 1989 by Ken and Debra Baker. At present, Guide Dogs has the capability and funds to house two clients at a time on a training course. Through our continued financial support, they hope to create a home where all of their programs are conducted in the same location where they can facilitate a relaxing, caring environment for the dogs and their clients.

    The mission of Guide Dogs of Texas is “to raise, train, and give guide dogs to Texans who are visually impaired”. The National Federation for the Blind produced staggering statistics in 2000 which states that that there are approximately 1.1 million blind individuals in the United States which does not even include those who are not completely blind, but visually impaired. Seventy-four percent of those who are blind in the United States are unemployed.

    As future nurses of America, it is not only our job, but our obligation to provide the best care we can for the visually impaired. TNSA is facilitating this obligation by raising money for the Guide Dogs of Texas Foundation so that we can change the lives of those who are touched by this organization. Those we will help are people who have been visually impaired for a long time and do not know what it is like to be able to go to the grocery store on their own, to be able to walk across a street without fear, or to walk through their own neighborhood without hitting obstacles.
Through this foundation and TNSA financial support, we can change the lives of more and more people who are visually impaired by giving them eyes in the form of a puppy who is trained to serve and to guide them into a world that once was dark.

    TNSA will urge you this year to help us in raising money for this amazing organization, Guide Dogs of Texas, and to change the lives of a few individuals who so greatly need it. Fundraising tips are available on the National Student Nurses’ Association website (www.nsna.org). You may also contact your regional director for tips on how to network with other schools to raise money for this project.

    For more information on Guide Dogs of Texas, please visit their website at www.guidedogsoftexas.org.

    Together we can make a difference!

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Directors’ Briefs

Western Region
Hello West Texas Nursing Students! Welcome and congratulations to all new students entering nursing school. To all, returning for the next semester in nursing school, we are almost there. This year we have planned out exciting conferences beginning with Council of Schools. Council of Schools is a weekend conference that is beneficial to all members of TNSA and local chapters. On September 24th and 25th of 2004, the conference will be held at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas Much information is received by attending Council Of Schools, as well as a great start in exploring what TNSA is all about. Last year, I attended Council of Schools, and was very motivated afterward. As I returned to school, I was very pleased and glad I attended the conference. I was given the chance to learn information that was relevant to my future and it was a great start to my first semester in nursing school. This year’s Council of Schools theme is “Leadership: Step Up To The Challenge”. So I encourage all future leaders to step up.

Pre-registration cost is $35.00. The cut off date of pre-registration is September 17, 2004. I encourage or suggest everyone to register early. After the cut-off date, the price for registration will be $40.00 and a meal cannot be guaranteed. A form must be filled per attendee. The forms are available on the TNSA web site. You are more than welcome to contact me for the information. Our keynote speaker for our opening dinner is Lynn Wieck, PhD, RN, and President of the Texas Nursing Association. Our state project for this year is “The Guide Dog Project”. All schools are encouraged to participate in challenging one another and we, the western region, challenge all other regions
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Council of Schools is around the corner, so I encourage everyone to act quickly. Since school is about to begin and the schools budgets for the year might be low, I recommend some quick fundraising ideas such as T-shirt sales. T-shirt sales are quick and great profit but make sure you ask permission if placing school or TNSA logos on T-shirt. Also, garage sales are easy and involve a number of students. This will also help with the interaction of students and the community. Raffles are also a success and less time consuming. Purchasing or asking for donations from retailers for items to raffle will be the means of the project. A great raffle would be a night out into town, which will include a movie and a dinner for two. If anyone is in need for more fundraising ideas feel free to ask.

My contact information is: Sandy L. Delgado 832-877-2954 or sandy.delgado@ttuhsc.edu. I am looking forward to meeting all schools of the western region at Council of Schools.

Sandy Delgado
Western Regional Director

Attention Eastern Region!!!
Welcome to the first issue of the Central Line for the new TNSA year!! My name is Amber Human and I am your Eastern Regional Director. I want to encourage everyone to attend the TNSA Council of Schools on September 24-25 in Galveston, Texas. It will be a great time to network with other schools, acquire fundraising ideas, membership recruitment tips, and join pertinent and exciting TNSA committees.

Please take the time to email me and let me know a little bit about your local chapter of TNSA. My job as Eastern Regional Director is to be the liaison between your school and TNSA, to facilitate communication between the local and state level, and to help your school increase its effectiveness at the local level.

If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas to share with the region, please feel free to email me at: anhuman@utmb.edu. We are here to help each other form the best local chapters we can so that TNSA as a state organization can flourish and grow.

I am excited about working with each of your local chapters, so once again, please email me with your chapter’s information, including board members and email addresses so that I may help you better.

Thank you and I am looking forward to a great year!!

Sincerely,
Amber Human
TNSA Eastern Regional Director


Southern Region
Welcome back!!
I hope that everyone in the Southern Region had a wonderful summer break and is looking forward to all of the new challenges that the upcoming semester has in store for all of us. I look forward to hearing from each Chapter President in the Southern Region so that I will be able to update your contact information.

As we begin the new semester please take a moment to meet the incoming nursing/clinical students. Let them know when and where your chapter meetings take place and make them feel as comfortable as possible. I vividly remember my first day as a clinical nursing student and the butterflies that I had until an upperclassmen approached me and invited me to join fellow nursing students in NSA.

I am excited about the upcoming Council of Schools that will be held September 24-25 at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston. Be sure to mark your calendars and begin fundraising for this event so that everyone can attend that is interested. It’s a great networking opportunity as well as learning valuable information that can help catapult your chapter into success.

I cannot wait to hear from you all and I am available to answer any questions that you may have regarding fundraising ideas, TNSA, or chapter questions that may arise. Please do not hesitate to email me at jessicajwright@yahoo.com.

Cordially,
Jessica Wright
Southern Regional Director

Northern Region Schools,
Whas’up? I hope everyone had a great summer whether you were in school, working, playing, or a combination of all three. I must tell you that I am excited about the coming year and the events planned by your TNSA Board of Directors. We met in Arlington in June to make plans for Council of Schools which is going to be held in Galveston, TX September 24-25. The theme for this year is "Leadership: Step up to the Challenge". We have tried to ensure that you will acquire the information or tools that you need to achieve ultimate success as both a student and as a nurse. You can obtain more details from our TNSA website, tnsa.org. I hope to see representatives from each school in our region there! You will not be sorry that you took the time to "Step up to the Challenge"!!
It's going to be a great year. We are going to learn a lot, work hard, and attempt to provide you with timely, useful information to assist you in your journey through nursing school.

As you can tell, I love a new school year. I always have. I can remember being excited about the first day of school when I was a kid. I still get excited. Learning has always excited me. You know that I feel very strongly that information is one of the keys to success! Without information, we cannot help our patients or our colleagues. It is our duty in my opinion, to be well informed of not only the physical/psychological aspects of nursing, but the issues that affect us as professionals. My favorite saying is "Knowledge is Power!" and without knowledge we are powerless. I encourage each of you to not only soak up all the academic information that you possibly can this year, but to look for the issues that are affecting us professionally and become knowledgeable about them. However trite it may sound, we ARE the future of nursing. What do you want YOUR profession to look like 10 years from now? A new school year is the perfect time to dedicate one’s self to shaping nursing as a profession. Will you take the challenge with me?

Becky Pierce
Northern Regional Director


NSNA Convention
is the annual national assemblage of the National Student Nurses Association. This spring it was held in Nashville, Tennessee. This article is the view of a first time attendee, our then TNSA President-Elect Keith Thierry.

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The NSNA Experience
     Keith A. Thierry, President TNSA

    In the midst of the excitement of being newly elected president of such a large and prestigious organization, I was looking forward to going to the national convention so that I could just dive right into more awe and be slapped in the face with the reality of what I had just gotten myself into. Thank God that Cindy Campbell (TNSA ‘s Out-going President0 was there to show me around and mentor me into what hopes to be a successful and glorious year, for which I am eternally grateful.

    The convention was a bit more than what I had expected; sort of like the state convention, but on a much larger scale. The Council of State Presidents was very informative. Getting to see how other states run their organizations let me know how privileged I am to be in Texas and on the Board of Directors for TNSA. I met all of the other presidents and some president-elects from all of the participating states that were able to send those people, which allowed some very unique networking opportunities.

    I was very impressed with the election and campaigning processes on the national level. Indeed they were much more intense than the one I went through at the state level. Try answering impromptu questions from a crowd of 600 delegates (Oh my!! The pressure!!). Aside from the rest of the convention, it did my heart proud to meet and talk to thousands of other nursing students from across the country and see them actively involved in their nursing student organization. It further solidified my belief that even though nursing school is difficult, even sometimes a seemingly insurmountable task, there is still time to be a part of a family of nursing students that are dedicated to nursing, and are committed to making sure that the future of nursing is in good, capable hands.

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Resolving to Submit a Resolution
     Amber Human, Eastern Regional Director

    If you have ever gone to the TNSA Annual Conference, you have heard of a resolution…but for those of you who have not, what is a resolution and why would we want to write one??

    A resolution is a written declaration to TNSA voicing your individual or school-wide opinion on a healthcare or nursing-related topic that is pertinent to our state. After doing extensive research on your topic and identifying what steps you would like TNSA to take regarding your topic, you present it to the TNSA House of Delegates for approval. Once it is approved and voted on, your resolution has been accepted and adopted into the TNSA Resolutions! It’s that easy!

    This article will walk you through each step of the resolutions process so that your school can take part in this excellent learning and leadership-building process.

Where do I come up with the Resolutions topic?

    First of all, find a healthcare or nursing-related topic that you are really interested in. Perhaps your passion in healthcare is oncology…you can submit a resolution to TNSA to increase nurse education in end-of-life issues or new treatment options. If your passion is breast cancer, you can submit a resolution in which TNSA urges gynecologists state-wide to hand out Self Breast Exam literature to all of their patients. Most importantly, find a topic that you do care about and want to see a change in the state, or even the nation. TNSA Resolutions can help be your voice so that your opinions about healthcare-related topics can be heard nationwide.

    After identifying your topic, make sure your stance is firm and based on research. The stance must be practical and must be able to be carried out effectively. For instance, if you are passionate about children’s immunizations, it is not practical to write a resolution asking TNSA to ask the state to provide free immunizations to all children of all ages. It is practical, however, to write a resolution asking TNSA to write letters to specific organizations asking them to increase patient education on childhood diseases that are preventable through immunizations. You see?? It’s that simple!

OK so I have a topic and a stance…now what???

    After you identify your topic, it’s time to buckle down and do some research! You all know how to research since we are incredibly educated nursing students. When researching your topic, use the following guidelines:

  1. Make sure the statistics you use to support your topic are from credible sources. Find websites from credible organizations such as the Red Cross Organization or the Center for Disease Control to apply your research.
  2. Make sure the statistics you use are UP TO DATE. Using statistics from 1985 is not applicable to today. This state’s demographics are constantly changing and to make sure that you have complete and accurate research, find statistics that are current (from year 2000 to present).
  3. Find research articles that support your topic and stance. Most schools have a large database available to students to research articles. For the most accurate information, find research articles that are written and published in the last five years and that are PEER-REVIEWED. This will be indicated on the article itself.

OK so I did my research…what is next?

    Next, you want to formulate exactly what you would like to see come out of your research. If your topic and stance is the shortage of faculty for nursing students in Texas, you could “resolve” to TNSA to increase awareness of the problem to Texas nursing schools and to ask them to increase their faculty so that more nursing students can attend nursing schools in Texas. This step is to inform TNSA that you did your research, there is a need for what you propose, and how you would like to see this issue resolved.

    We finished our resolution! What do we do now?

    After your resolution is completed, you submit is to TNSA by the deadline assigned by TNSA Resolutions Committee (usually six weeks before annual conference). Emergency resolutions can be submitted at the House of Delegates meeting, but it is better to turn them in early than late!

What is my responsibility at conference for my resolution?

    At conference, every member in the House of Delegates will be provided with a copy of your resolution. A member will be assigned to read the entire resolution out loud to the House of Delegates. Debates are allowed on the floor, then voting will begin. You are allowed to speak in favor of your own resolution to the House of Delegates and you may want to! You are the author of this resolution, and who better to stand up for your resolution than yourself and your school? After the resolution is voted upon, it may pass or fail. If the debate is hot on a resolution, you may amend it and resubmit it for approval. If it is approves, it passes and you are successful!!

Is there anything else I need to know about resolutions?

    Yes! It is a great learning opportunity to get to know a passionate topic better and to really make a difference in our state and nation by getting our voices heard as nursing students and advocating for a better life for our patients. If you have any questions about resolutions, feel free to contact your regional director. Good luck on your resolutions!

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You have the right to write!
     Reb Self

    I am just home from the TNSA Board meeting in Arlington, where the Board selected themes for 2004 Council of Schools, 2005 Convention, and the all important (for the fun of it) opening night party. Of course, we decided some other issues as well. One of the big topics of conversation was how to communicate with and include the local chapters and members in state activities, projects, and planning.

    While it is trite and hackneyed to say that this is Your organization, it truly is. Your officers and representatives all agree that we need a better connection with You, our constituents, (our bosses really). You each are what TNSA is all about. We want to know what you have to say, and what issues are important to you. To that end, I invite, no, I challenge you to write about the things weighing on your mind as a nursing student and to share those items with your fellow members by submitting them to me for publication in the Central Line, Your online newsletter. Send items and articles to: Reb Self at Rbymyself@aol.com or at 1810 N. Fm 179 #4, Lubbock, Texas 79416, or call me (806) 780-6698 (I’d be thrilled to talk with you but as a nursing student, I am rarely home, still you are welcome to try Email is usually the best way to contact me).

    Excuses, we all have them, so let’s put the big one to rest. Time, “I have no time to write.” Who does? We are all busy, all stressed, and all short on time. However we all know that life is like that, and will continue to be so. We also know that you can’t put important things on hold for very long. Significant others, children, parents, work and school all vie for our attention and we dole it out as best we can. We also find time for the occasional computer game or movie. We, hopefully, find time to exercise, eat and sleep right. If it is important to us we find the time.

    The amount of time available for anything is a direct reflection of its prioritization in our lives. For instance: If you felt that your instructors or peers had misjudged or maligned you, would you find time to address the issue? Of course you would. If you had a car repair that was needed, you would find a way to get it done. If your kid sister or brother was starting nursing school you’d take the time to advise and encourage them. Why, because these things are important to you. The issue here then isn’t about time to write, it is about how important it is to air your opinions and concerns about nursing school; nursing as a profession; nursing students as people; how the general public, practicing nurses, and others view us; what changes need to be made in the TNSA, in nursing in general, in nursing schools, in the health care arena, and how it is legislated. Sound boring and stuffy? Try thinking of a specific issue though, like eliminating A.D.N. nursing programs. What do you think? Most of us come down on one side or the other of this issue. As an A.D.N. student I am opposed to eliminating these programs, but B.S.N. students may feel quite differently.

    Uh-oh, you didn’t know that eliminating A.D.N. programs was even being considered? The idea has been bantered about almost as long as the elimination of L.V.N. nurses. Wait, were you aware of that one? So the issue may really be how aware you are. Even if you are not a great reader and seeker of facts, there have to be things that you think need changed, or things that have been changed that you believe need to be applauded. In the end it comes back to you, and what you think is important.

    Many of us have issues that we take the time to groan and moan about to our families and peers, but won’t take the time to try to change. We are afraid of the time commitment, and of discovering that we may stand alone in our opinion on the matter. Madelyn Murray O’Hare comes to my mind. She single handedly started the movement to remove prayer from schools, which years after her demise still is strongly felt and debated. I don’t admire what she did, but I have to admire how she did it. She took the time to let every representative she had know her opinion, she drew attention to herself and her cause. She didn’t have some huge coalition behind her, but she had an opinion and she made enough noise about it that she effected a major change in our society. Ever heard the saying that “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”? It is true. It isn’t the kid in the bedroom doing homework that gets your attention, it is the one underfoot fussing about being hungry that you address first. So be a squeaky wheel.

    Here is a little poem we have all heard, that I have adapted to writing about an issue.
This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important issue facing nursing students to be written about and Everybody was sure that Somebody would write it.
Anybody could have written it, but Nobody wrote it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could write it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't write it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody wrote what Anybody could have written.

    Let me encourage you to be a Nobody! Pick up that pin, or turn on that computer and write. If you would like to write but are having trouble selecting a topic, let me know. I am sure I can help you find one. Or if you have a topic and are just not sure how to begin, let me help. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Reader’s Write

Prejudice
Gloria Wee, Member NSA South Plains College

    The birds do it, the bees do it … we all do it. We all show some kind of prejudice whether we realize it or not, whether we like it or not. Webster defines “prejudice” as “an opinion, favorable or unfavorable, formed without fair examination of facts” and, in my opinion, sometimes even without facts. In the animal kingdom, certain species have “natural” enemies; animals rely on their instinct to determine which other species they prefer to associate with, otherwise, they show some form of aggression towards the “different” species. Humans, as highly evolved mammals, have modified this behavior, and instead of relying on instincts, we develop intelligent choices. We choose to like the things that appeal to us; our beliefs, our sense of aesthetics (sight), touch, smell, taste; whatever that gives us a sense of security, pleasure and comfort. Ultimately, as I will attempt to illustrate, it still boils down to choices and senses, and nothing based on tangible facts. I will also explain how I have come to the conclusion that prejudices are based on human choices, and present some of my life-experiences that have helped me identify and, thus cope with my own prejudices.

    I would first like to talk about our comfort zone. We want our world/life to be safe, secure, friendly and most of all, familiar. We like our daily routines to be uncomplicated, convenient, safe, yet eventful and also familiar. Our comfort zone usually consists of what affords security and familiarity; we decorate our rooms and homes in a manner reminiscent of some fragment of our past, maybe to a time during a happier childhood or relationship. On the same basis, we tend to keep a circle of friends that make us feel comfortable because they seem “familiar” in one sense or another, be it their appearance, beliefs, culture, behavior and/or lifestyle. We tend to prefer company that “resembles” our own interests, beliefs, culture and lifestyle. There is nothing wrong with having preferences, unless those preferences affect how we think of others (not similar to us) and ultimately, how we carry out our roles as caregivers. We then need to ask ourselves if having these preferences detrimentally affects the level of care we impart to our patients, or if these diminish our effectiveness as nurses. And if they do, then these seemingly innocent preferences take on a different meaning … they have now become prejudices. However, prejudices may also come from fear. We are afraid of what we do not know, of things new. We are afraid because it will take us out of our comfort zone. This may manifest itself when having to interact with someone of a culture different and new. The only remedy for this type of prejudice is education; experience it, read about it, try it and soon it becomes second nature. I am reminded of an article about a nursing home in Wausau, which had an elderly Asian resident. The caregivers provided the comfort zone for the resident by preparing dishes that she was familiar with. It did not solve all the problems, but the open-mindedness of the staff and willingness to learn was a great start.

    I am of foreign origin but spent most of my adult life in America, which I think is an advantage for me in as far as being tolerant toward other cultures. As a child growing up in Singapore, a country known as the Eastern gateway for the West, I was exposed to the many cultures and beliefs of this multi-cultural nation. In school, I had classmates from India, Japan, Indonesia, England, Australia, New Zealand, America, Malaysia and Africa, just to name a few. As a college student in America, I had formed many close friendships with people of other cultures. With each friendship I had formed, I learned something precious from each individual; that oceans and miles do not make people any different, especially when they are sick or in need of help. It is our own perception of wanting to see them differently and being judgmental about this difference that is wrong. As a mother, I am constantly reminded that each little child, no matter how different they may look, or how varied their culture is from mine, that they are all little gems; all appearing different yet just as precious.

    As a child, I was uncomfortable around people with physical handicaps. In most Asian countries, most people used to believe the superstition that handicaps are the results of ones’ sins from a past life, or that handicaps and deformations are reflective of their heart (emotional) state. An “ugly” person therefore must have an “ugly” (cruel) heart or soul. This prejudice stayed with me until I had to spend a day at the St. Nicholas school for the Blind. I was 10 years old. There I interacted with children of my age; we laughed, talked, whispered, and shared secrets about life. One girl told me that she wished she could see the color green. She was told that her favorite ice-cream flavor, lime, was green in color. That simple statement changed my life in that instant; I wished that I could let her see the color green. As I grew older, I lost my apprehension and discomfort of being around handicapped people. It is unfortunate that to this day, people with disabilities are still viewed with suspicion and caution in the East. It is only while in America that I came to realize that most people with handicaps actually possess a stronger sense of perseverance and resolve that I now have come to recognize and respect.

    Another event in my life that was a revelation to me was when my husband’s sister died. She was only 42 years old. She died of undiagnosed congestive heart failure. She was not from a wealthy family and could only afford to consult with doctors from the socialized healthcare system. Each physician kept referring her to another, and they each only treated her for hypertension, but no one looked beyond that … yet another sad note about the quality and value of life in an Asian culture. This only strengthens my resolve to pursue a career in nursing so that I may do my part for society.

    I believe spirituality can play an important role in one’s propensity for healing. Mental health and attitude is as important to healing, as is medicine itself. I see no harm in turning to prayer for comfort, and to quell fears, which may be the very medicine needed, for it certainly does not hinder healing. Even if is fails to heal; it can improve one’s outlook on life and consequently, one’s quality of life in those few moments, in terminal situations. However, I do draw the line between religion and the occult (including witchcraft). My distinction between the two is based on the foundation of each; religion is based on the providence of care, love, and ultimately, a nurturing relationship with all. Witchcraft claims to heal by taking away the ailment. It offers no emotional comfort nor does it quell fear, rather it dispenses fear.

    Alongside familial encouragement, I derive my strength through my faith and belief that I can make a difference. And as long as I hold on to that belief, I can transcend all cultural differences that I may come across. I am also reminded of a quote by Edward Everett Hale: “I am only one. But still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

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